22 May 2018

MOMA: The Long Run

As artists pass a ‘certain age’ – TBD by culture, demographics, the century in which they are living – the whispers get louder. If these artists have not yet achieved the success they seek, it’s: ‘why are you still doing this?’ ‘Isn’t it time to give up?’ Those artists who

20 May 2018

New York Shows ’18

What an incredible Broadway season this is. From new, Tony-nominated offerings like The Band’s Visit and SpongeBob Squarepants The Musical to stunning revivals like Carousel, Angels in America, Travesties, My Fair Lady. It’s a star-studded run with Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane in Angels in America, Renée Fleming in Carousel,

18 May 2018

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

JK Rowling has issued a post play warning: Keep the Secrets. She cannot be blamed. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child – the two part play that started in London and has extended to Broadway – is extraordinary. Now nominated for ten Tonys, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is at

02 Mar 2018

Palm Desert Architecture Tour

This year, in honour of Modernism Week, we climbed atop the double decker bus for the 4th Annual Palm Desert Architecture Tour. Funny enough, our tour guide was from Vancouver. Palm Desert, we learn, was about ‘the glamourous good life of Twentieth Century America.’ A string of renowned architects solidified the style known

11 Feb 2018

Pages. Manhattan Beach

You can learn a lot about a place from its independent bookstores. One of our favourites is Pages in Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles. We spoke to Margot Farris, the Vancouver born and bred co-founder. What is it that you think makes Pages so unique? It is an independent bookstore created

28 Nov 2017

Hidden Palace Opera in Venice

Of all the places we visited in Italy, we were most unsure about Venice. With the gondolas, the serenading, the much-photographed pigeon squares, we worried that we knew too much about the city, that the endless onslaught of we tourists would have robbed the city of its natural charm. We

19 Sep 2017

Ho Chi Minh City

This month, we were delighted to visit the HCMC atelier of Vietnamese designer, Trinh Hoang Dieu. With shoes off and the evening lights dimmed, we crept lightly around the room. The Dieu dresses have a modern elegance that is rooted clearly in Vietnamese tradition. I spent a little too much time ogling

17 Sep 2017

Tokyo Disney

Tokyo is a fascinating mix of the past and the future – from ancient Buddhist temples to hotels staffed entirely by robots. With its special wards, prefectures, subprefectures and massive population, we short-term visitors cannot claim to understand Tokyo. We can wander, wide-eyed, through the vibrant sub-cultures, admiring the creative fashion, art and food and seeing

20 Aug 2017

Gabriola Street Art Festival

Salty the aristocratic dog was over it, but the rest of the crowd was merrily wandering between artist stalls at the Gabriola Street Art Festival. There were jewellers, painters, sculptors, glass-artists, sign-makers, face painters, giant bubble makers and clothiers. The Street Art Festival runs beside the Gabriola Theatre Festival, which this year includes One

18 Aug 2017

Shoes, Glorious Shoes

For whom do you think the 19th Century shoes below were crafted? a. an assassin b. a chesnut crusher c. a dominatrix d. a palace lawn aerator These horror film shoes are on display at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. That’s right: an entire museum filled with shoes. Couture shoes,